You may use screen mirroring, Google Cast, a third-party app, or a cable to stream the screen of your Android phone or tablet to a TV.
When you’re viewing something on your phone, you might want to share it with the rest of the room or just see it on a larger screen. Android users have a variety of alternatives, including built-in functionality, third-party apps, and cable connections. Let’s take a look at each option, starting with the easiest and working our way up to the most difficult.
If you have a Chromecast dongle or a smart TV with Chromecast built-in, check to see if the app you wish to watch on TV supports casting. If that’s the case, you can send material from your phone to your television with just a few taps.
Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, and Google Photos are among the supported apps, though many of them are already available on your Android TV or Chromecast with Google TV.
Make sure your phone or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Chromecast or smart TV, and then tap the square cast icon in the app. Select the device to which you’d like to cast to. Because screen mirroring will black out the video in apps like Netflix, casting is the best choice for copyrighted content.
Mirroring your Android screen
Apps that don’t contain restricted material or don’t explicitly enable casting are the ideal candidates for screen mirroring. To use this feature, you’ll need a Chromecast or a compatible smart TV, which can then be connected to the Google Home app.
Open the app and tap the plus (+) symbol in the top-left corner to add a device if necessary once the target device has been linked to your Google Home. Otherwise, hit the device you’d like to cast to and then tap Cast my screen at the bottom to mirror your phone’s screen on the TV. When you’re finished, close the app and tap Stop mirroring.
Screen mirroring is also supported by some Fire TV and Roku streaming devices; however, verify with Amazon and Roku to ensure compatibility for your specific devices.
Since the capability was introduced with Android version 5.0 Lollipop, support for screen mirroring has varied by manufacturer. A Cast button can be found in the phone’s settings or in the pulldown settings shade on many phones. Smart View is a feature on Samsung phones that allows you to connect and share to and from your mobile device.
Use an adapter or a cable to connect.
If you don’t have a Chromecast-compatible device, connect your phone to your TV with an HDMI cord and converter and mirror what’s on your screen. You have a few alternatives here, and which one you choose will be determined by the sort of display you’re connecting to, how long you’ll be connecting it for, and, most importantly, whether or not you’ll need to charge your phone while doing so.
A USB-C to HDMI adapter is the simplest solution. If your phone has a USB-C connector, you can use this converter to connect to your TV by plugging an HDMI cable into the adapter. HDMI Alt Mode, which allows mobile devices to output video, must be supported by your phone. Unless your adapter has a charging port, this approach will use up your charging port.
You’ll need a micro USB to HDMI adapter if you have an earlier Micro USB port. Your phone will need to support a different protocol called MHL in order to use this method. If you have a compatible phone, connect it to the adapter, then connect it to a TV through an HDMI connection.
If none of the above alternatives work for you, most internet-connected TVs offer the DLNA streaming protocol, which allows you to stream your own music and videos to your TV. Netflix (and any other DRM-protected content) will not be supported. Fortunately, most items you might want to send from your phone to your TV are still covered.
LocalCast is a simple and free tool that allows you to stream your own music, photographs, and movies to a DLNA device such as a smart TV or gaming console. It also supports Chromecast targets, which is useful if you want to share your own files on a TV without having to mirror your full screen. You can even stream from Google Drive, Dropbox, and web pages using the app. AllCast is identical to LocalCast, but to remove adverts, you must upgrade to the premium version.